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Jim Inhofe: Gitmo detainees ‘overweight’

Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., argued that detainees were treated very well at Guantanamo Bay. (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)

Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Thursday that a major problem at Guantanamo Bay is that detainees are overweight.

While questioning Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, Inhofe argued that detainees were treated very well.

“One of the big problems they have with the detainees down there is [they are] overweight — they’re eating better than they’ve ever eaten in their lives. They have better medical attention. They have tests run that they’ve never even heard of before,” Inhofe said.

81 of 166 prisoners at Guantanamo Bay are taking part in a hunger strike, according to the New York Times, down from a peak of 106 detainees last week.

The comment occurred in the context of an exchange in which Inhofe was arguing that the Guantanamo Bay detention camp should remain open, saying that it was a matter of “great frustration” to him.

“I’ve often looked at Gitmo as one of the few good deals we have in this country,” Inhofe said, citing the low cost for the land.